Alan Alda

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Alan Alda (born 28 January 1936) is an award-winning American actor, perhaps most famous for his role as Hawkeye Pierce in the television series M*A*S*H.


  • The good thing about being a hypocrite is that you get to keep your values.
  • My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six.
    • in his memoir Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned, Random House, 2005, ISBN 1400064090
  • I just don't know why they're shooting at us. All we want to do is bring them democracy and white bread. Transplant the American dream. Freedom. Achievement. Hyperacidity. Affluence. Flatulence. Technology. Tension. The inalienable right to an early coronary sitting at your desk while plotting to stab your boss in the back. ~Hawkeye, M*A*S*H, "O.R."
  • Don't ever aim your doubt at yourself. Laugh at yourself, but don't doubt yourself.
  • The best things said come last. People will talk for hours saying nothing much and then linger at the door with words that come with a rush from the heart.
  • ... life is meaningless unless you bring meaning to it; ... it is up to us to create our own existence. Unless you do something, unless you make something it's as though you aren't there.

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Alda's motivational graduation speech at Connecticut College